The Kid Brother (1927) - Blu-rayStill considered today to be one of Harold Lloyd’s finest films, The Kid Brother makes its debut on blu-ray thanks to the the Criterion Collection.  It is, of course, one of Lloyd’s sweetest and funniest films, with more sight gags than his others, in which Lloyd plays Harold Hickory ...

Downsizing (2017) - Movie ReviewThe filmmaker whose body of work has often touched on near perfection, suffers a considerably significant stumble with his latest film called Downsizing. Alexander Payne, who explored the sharp contrasts of flawed people dealing with the most difficult of situations in  ...

In the Cold of the Night - Blu-rayTo this day, there remains something insanely special about director Brian De Palma’s Carrie.  It is based on the once-discarded novel by Stephen King, but was painstakingly adapted for the screen by Lawrence D. Cohen.  Cohen got everything about King’s first novel right  ...

Tag (2018) - Movie ReviewYou know you’ve just watched a bad movie when the post-credits video montage of the real characters who inspired the story is the best part of the entire ordeal. That’s exactly the case with Tag, a film inspired by the real-life story of a group of middle-aged men who’ve been playing an ...

Showdown (1993)

“Why are there potatoes on the board every day?  Who took my desk?  Put that knife away!” If your high school was anything like the knife-wielding, gun-toting, slingshot-carrying school that is featured in Showdown then, man, you just might ...

The DIsaster Artist - Movie ReviewWow.  Wow. Wow.  And, again, WOW. If the side-by-side comparisons at the end of this movie don’t convince you of James Franco’s deep understanding of the wacky world of writer/director Tommy Wiseau, then I don’t know what will. The Disaster Artist isn’t mockery. ...

 

The Suckling (1990) - Blu-rayWhen in doubt, Big Mama knows!  This is what happens when AWFUL becomes ART. I can hear the pro-lifers waxing poetic about this trashterpiece now.  A woman’s aborted fetus attacks her ...

Jumanji (2017) - Blu-ray ReviewThe rhinos are back! And so are the laughs, as we have the rare sequel that actually works because it dares to do something a bit different with our expectations. Not that anything in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is all that intelligent, mind you, but the charm from the  ...

The Witches (1966)

He will EAT your soul! That’s the threat that is received when The Witches, a supernatural horror film from Hammer Studios, opens as a school teacher at a mission school in Africa is quickly packing her things.  There is trouble afoot and the tribal drums are an indicator ...

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The Shape of Water - Movie ReviewThere is but one artist who could create a passionately unsettling love story between a mute woman and a freakishly real-looking merman and make it feel so entirely personal that it practically drips with relatable emotion.  One artist.  And he is the mighty Guillermo del Toro ...

Night (2019) - Movie ReviewFor my money, POV horror can still deliver when there is an engaged mind at the helm.  This is exactly why Night, a new horror film from the sick mind of writer/director/actor Nicholas Michael Jacobs, works as well as it does ...

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Blu-ray Review“This is not going to go the way you think.” –Luke Skywalker. Never has a line from one of these films so succinctly encapsulated the adventure you are about to witness. This second part of the third trilogy of the Star Wars saga is going to take your expectations and throw  ...

What Doesn't Kill Us (2019)What if the Zombie Apocalypse failed?  What if the miracle of science saved both the survivors and those that were turned? ...

Denial - Movie ReviewWhen most people hear the word “history,” they think of a dry, boring subject full of dull facts to memorize. But that’s not the impression you get from Denial, based on the true story of a historian in the 1990s who takes on a Holocaust denier in court. Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Wiesz)  ...

The Deadly Mantis (1957) - Blu-rayWith all its talk of radars and Pine Tree Radar Fences, it’s a wonder that The Deadly Mantis, warning of a sneak attack across the polar ice (by anyone), manages to be so much fun.  STILL!  But, honestly, few things in the cinematic world beat the scene where the giant insect ...

Thor: Ragnarok - Movie ReviewSome seventeen films into the MCU, one marvels (see what we did there?) at the sheer volume and consistency of their output in the last decade. There isn’t a single entry in this shared universe that this reviewer hasn’t liked. They’re not all home runs, and, if I think of my ...

Dominique - Blu-rayWith her decision made, there can be only one force that flings open the double doors that lead to one character’s fate.  And she will walk down the long haul with the balls of her feet digging into the ground with intention.  Everyone thinks she’s mad anyway.  The taking of her own life will be no real shock ...

murder on the orient express - blurayThe Avenger of the Innocent returns! There is a masterful elegance that chugs alongside this murder mystery throughout its entire journey. From beginning to end, Murder on the Orient Express is an expression of old fashioned mechanics.  There really is no other ...

Man's Best Friend - blu-ray“Is this dog incredible or what?”  That’s the question Ally Sheedy asks her cameraman when, after being attacked by a stranger, a hulking dog she just rescued from a vivisection experimental lab runs off the would-be burglar and fetches her purse. ...

Life of the Party (2018) - Movie ReviewLike the Basket Weaving 101 class offered to help fulfill those elective credits in college, Life of the Party should have been a slam dunk. Just put the funny person in funny situations, roll camera, cut, print, and go to the bank. But there’s a reason I’m not a filmmaker. And it’s the same ...

Alien Party CrashersWhen you think of a New Year’s Eve party, the last thing you would expect to attend are aliens.  But that’s exactly what happens in Alien Party Crashers, a new science fiction comedy from High Octane Pictures.  Self-invited and definitely not afraid to double-dip the same  ...

Sling Blade (1996) - Blu-ray ReviewIt is a sad fact that talent doesn’t necessarily equate to a career of note or at all in Hollywood. There are literally hundreds of thousands of talented people out there that will never get their shot in the spotlight. Every so often, however, someone manages to bridge this gap from  ...

The Craft - Collector's Edition blu-ray

We are the weirdos, Mister. Honestly, in a modern day viewing, The Craft feels richer than it did when I originally saw the film.  There is a lot to appreciate about the film and its tale of sisterhood among four high school friends.  The situations feel real and, certainly, the black ...

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Play Misty for Me (1971) - Blu-ray ReviewThe obsessed fan/love interest movie is a well-trodden one nowadays, with some truly stellar entries in the sub-genre (Misery, Fatal Attraction) and some truly awful ones; but one, to my surprise, that is rarely brought up is one of the earliest on this subject ...

Sister Street Fighter Collection - Blu-rayIt doesn’t take long for Sister Street fighter to kick a lot of ass.  From catching flies and throwing them down the mouths (and up the noses) of her enemies to all the strategically thrown forks, Tina (Sue Shiomi) is a martial artist badass that knows her way through a crowded  ...

Kindergarten Cop (1990 - Bluray ReviewPretty harshly assessed by critics of the day, Kindergarten Cop, the follow up collaboration between the 'Austrian Oak' and director Ivan Reitman, was still a massive financial success back in 1990 when it took over 200 million on a (now) paltry budget of around 15 million. ...

Curse III: Blood Sacrifice (1991) - Blu-ray ReviewNever a great movie, this one is for Christopher Lee purists only.  Curse III: Blood Sacrifice has nothing to do with the other movies in the series.  That should be your first indication of exactly where this one is headed.  It does have some interesting moments, though. Shadows  ...

Jigsaw - Movie Review

Seven years later….

DUN-DUN-DUNNNNN!!!! ...

 

Dead Ant (2017) - Blu-ray ReviewNo more power ballads!  No more power ballads!  That’s the chant that guitarist Pager (Rhys Coiro) of Sonic Grave keeps repeating.  He’s had enough of the panty-dropping cheese and wants to rock out at Coachella this year.  Can anyone blame him?  The 1980s are dead and  ...

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight - Blu-ray ReviewThe Elseworld has arrived, DC fans! There is a shadow that stalks the corners of the alleyways in Gotham City.  Another one – separate but just as severe – darkens the very top of roofs.  His shadow looms larger.  One of those threatening shadows carries a long, steely ...

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